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Deck that collapsed fell off the side of a house where it was ledgered

Why You Need a Permit When Building a Deck

If you are considering a new deck, you may be asking yourself, “Is a permit required when building a deck?” The short answer is, “Yes.” Building a deck in Michigan and elsewhere in the U.S. legally requires a building permit. …

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Capped Composite: The New Alternative to Wood Decking

When it comes to adding a deck to your home, you have multiple options to use for your “decking” material, or the top visible layer of a deck. Composite and wooden decks remain the two most popular options, but which …

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A collage of photos from outdoor deck inspections showing common failures

How To Inspect Your Own Deck

As decks age, they can frequently become structurally unsound and not safe. Decks with rotting framing members, spongy deck planking, and inadequate lateral bracing can result in structural collapse and serious injuries. At their 5 year old mark, decks should be inspected …

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